Lynden's Soda Fountain busted for selling candy cigarettes

Does this look like the site of a bust? 
Does this look like the site of a bust?
E Katie Holm

The charming and authentic Lynden's Soda Fountain in St. Paul's Highland Park area announced via Twitter that it will no longer be stocking their retro sweets shelves with candy cigars or cigarettes. Apparently there is a hard and fast legal reason that you rarely see them sold at gas stations, sweets shops, or anywhere in the city of St. Paul these days.

See also:

We found out It was really more of a slap on the wrist than a bust when we reached out to owner John Lynden to find out what exactly went down. Lynden writes: "The DSI (Department of Safety and Inspections) inspector came in and had us pull the inventory from the shelves and gave a copy of the ordinance which we were not aware of. No fine - they just sent us a warning."

The city passed an ordinance in 2009, championed by a group of St. Paul teens, that banned the sale of "imitation tobacco products" and "novelty lighters" or any similar products that seem aimed at children.

Lynden's decision to carry the candy smokes and cigars was based on the owners' shared love of retro candy and a desire to create an air of authenticity and nostalgia in the old-fashioned soda shop, but the owners willingly removed them following their run-in with the city of St. Paul.

Use Current Location

Related Location

Lynden's Soda Fountain

490 Hamline Ave. S.
St Paul, MN 55105


Sponsor Content


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >